September 24th, 2015

Falls are the leadiCaution signsng cause of injury-related hospitalization for older adults. If you’re 65 years of age or over you have a 1 in 3 chance of falling. More than 12,000 people in Washington are hospitalized for a fall each year causing skilled nursing stays,  loss of independence and fatalities at disturbing rates. So, starting now, September 23rd, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, please take a minute to consider the information offered to help you and your loved ones  stay safe from falls.

Falls aren’t a normal part of aging. For the most part they’re preventable which means that your awareness and proactive decisions make a difference. The risk factors that cause falls are known and can be addressed in three steps: Read the rest of this entry »

Redmond Derby Days Run Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Research

July 9th, 2015

Redmond’s popular summer festival, Derby Days, July 10 and 11, features parades, a carnival, music and an exciting 5K run supporting Pancreatic Cancer Research. Have fun and make a difference this weekend!

startline5kDerby Days expanded over its 75 year history to include the 5K Derby Dash. This USATF certified course attracts so many participants that organizers are capping the entries at 1,000. Sponsored by the City of Redmond and the Dr. John K. McCormick Foundation, the dash donates all proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN). In turn, PCAN donates 85% of funds to programs that provide patient support, promote research, increase public awareness, and advocate for finding cures.john d mc

Dr John K McCormick’s son, Johnny, organizes the run in memory of his father, a long time Redmond resident, who died of Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 56. Pancreatic Cancer diagnoses are often shocking because patients get few signals that something is seriously wrong until the cancer is advanced.  Only 7% survive past 5 years. Dr. McCormick died almost one year after discovering his illness in a routine medical appointment.


Johnny and friends at the Derby Dash

Dr. McCormick practiced sports medicine in Redmond. He and wife, Ann, raised four children. He was a golfer, runner, and student of everything according to the Foundation. “I like running, so did Dad,” Johnny told me. “Neither of us were competitive runners. We’re just competitive guys who like to run.”  Do you like to run? Consider the Derby Dash this weekend or take a minute to donate to PCAN! Your time and generosity touches the lives of survivors and offers hope to cancer patients still waiting for useful diagnostics and breakthrough treatments.

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